Black Dog Video Newsletter September 12-18 “It’s a Date Edition!”

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Some dates to jot down in your calendar, your magic phone, in the clouds, the dark web or wherever you keep your dates ~ Sept 18th and 19th – The Cambie store will be closed from noon till 5pm as a film crew is taking over the space. If anyone want to be an extra, contact Ben at bennichollsball@gmail.com. Also, October 20th is International Independent Video Store Day! Not too sure yet what we’re going to do for it yet but it’ll be something nice and spicy.

New Releases!

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Handmaid’s Tale Season 2– The second depressing season of this excellent show. A scary show for these scary times. We’ve only one copy with more on the way so please be patient and don’t freak out.

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Jurassic World: Too Many Dinosaurs! – These movies aren’t particularly good but I do love dinosaurs and I do enjoy watching them eat people so I’ll give this one a spin.

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Looking Glass– Nicolas Cage buys a motel where strange things are a happenin!

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The Miniaturist – British drama finds a woman living in 17th century Amsterdam who has a fella make her miniatures of things she likes but soon they start to foreshadow events in her life. Sounds eerie!

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Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge – Very interesting looking doc about the famed magazine and all it’s rock and roll glory and such. It’s a two-parter as it’s almost 5 hours long. I’m game! You?

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Siberia – Canoe Reeves travels to Siberia to look for his business partner. But of course, things don’t go as planned. Or do they? Probably not.

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Silicon Valley Season 5 – Season 5 of Silicon Valley.

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Stranger Things Season 2 – More spooky going’s on in this fun throwback monster horror chiller.

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Superfly – Remake of the fab 70’s Blacksploitation classic set in modern times with a modern rap music sound-track!

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Trolled – Trolls are hot right now, for some reason, so here’s another animated thing to keep your kids occupied while you do other, say, more adult stuff.

Coming Soon!

Bleeding Steel
Fahrenheit 451
Looming Tower
American Horror Story: Cult
Americans Season 6
Star Wars: A Solo Story
Izzy Gets the F*%k Across Town

One more thing before I let you get back to your real lives – we should have a new podcast up soon! Dylan is hard at work in the Black Dog Basement putting it together. Wish him good tidings!

And if you need some recommendations on what to watch, well here ya go!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter September 5 – 11 “Finally! Edition!”

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The summer is finally winding down, the kids are finally back to school and we can finally breathe in relative safety. I love the fall – the crisp air, cool nights, Halloween, hearty stouts. Bring it on!

Word of note – the Cambie store will be closed Tuesday September 18th and Wednesday September 19th from noon till 5pm each day. There’s a film crew taking over the spot but they should have everything wrapped up by 5pm. Sorry for the inconvenience.

New Releases!

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Beast – Cool, tough British flick about a woman torn between her oppressive family and the loner dude who just blew into town who may or may not be a killer! (should be on the shelves today or tomorrow)

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Ghost Stories – The title pretty much tells you what you need to know – three (I think 3) ghostly tales guaranteed to shiver your timbers. (should be on the shelves today or tomorrow)

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Happy End – New film from Michael Haneke (Funny Games, Piano Teacher) stars the always great Isabelle Huppert as a member of a family with secrets. Can’t wait. (should be on the shelves today or tomorrow)

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Headshot – I’m just going to post the awesome description from the IMDB for this one – Uwais (The Raid) plays a young man who washes ashore, an amnesiac with a serious head injury whose past comes back to haunt him shortly after being nursed back to health by a young doctor. Violence ensues. Sweet, sweet violence.

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Hereditary – The best horror, and one of the best films, of the year finds Tony Colette and Gabriel Byrne as the mom and dad of a family that has a history of, shall we say, bad luck. A nice slow burn the builds to a great (if not a tad derivative) last act. Loved it.

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Ocean’s 8 – It’s the ladies turn for the heist hoo-haw! Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bulloch, Anne Hatheway and at least 5 other women are getting together for a nice caper at the yearly Met gala. Looks like fun!

Coming Soon!

Silicon Valley S5
Adventure Time: Final Season
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Superfly
Dark River
Damsel
American Horror Story: Cult

That’s it for this week, folks. Stay tuned for some cool upcoming lists that we’re putting together! Hopefully this time next week we’ll have the Black Dog staff’s picks for favourite movies of the 1990s! Until then, keep watching!

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Black Dog Newsletter August 29 – September 4 “Summer Lovin’ Happened So Fast Edition!”

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We managed to get out of town for a brief vacation last week and despite cancelled flights, smoky smoke, Plus 10 air quality (or the equivalent of smoking 7 cigarettes, 2 spliffs or a small bag of hair), questionable tacos and spending time with the family, it was pretty nice. But we’re back this week with a fresh new bumper crop of fine films for you to wind the summer down with. Please enjoy responsibly.

New Releases!

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Adrift – Couple meet, fall in love, go on a boating adventure, almost drown. I love these kinds of disaster at sea films – see All is Lost – as I’m terrified of large bodies of water. Not for all the money in the world.

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American Animals – Fun-looking caper thriller about 4 young dudes with nothin but time on their hands who decide to pull an audacious heist – stealing some old books from the library! Available at Commercial and soon at Cambie.

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Ash Vs Evil Dead S 3 – – Man, I love this show! It’s hilarious, it’s really gross and it has Bruce Campbell! Trifecta! I believe this is the last season so enjoy it while you can!

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Disobedience – – From the director of the Oscar winning A Fantastic Woman comes this romantic dramatic drama that finds a woman returning to her Orthadox Jewish community that shunned her for being attracted to another woman. Stars the great Rachel Weisz and the fine Rachel McAdams. That’s a lot of Rachels!

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A Fantastic Woman – – From the director of the fine film Disobedience (as well as very fine film Gloria) comes the winner for best foreign film at this year’s Oscars! A transgendered woman deals with life and death and other things. Only available on the Blu Ray.

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First Reformed – A nice comeback for Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, The Canyons) finds Ethan Hawke as a priest who gets bummed out with the mounting despair of the world around him. Heard that this is pretty great.

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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami – Cool doc about the wild and wonderful and sometimes terrifying Grace Jones! Available at Commercial and soon at Cambie.

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RBG – Pretty good doc about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Check it out and you’ll understand why the kids are all chanting “RBG! RBG!”

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Tag – A bunch of handsome emotionally stunted men (Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Jake Johnston) carry on a life long game of tag. Actually based on a true story. Not that it would make it any better…

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The Terror – Think sea men and monsters don’t mix? Think again! A couple of ships – one called The Terror – who’d go on a ship called The Terror! – become stuck in the polar ice on an expedition. Things go from bad to worse to…

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Will You Be My Neighbor? – Excellent doc about Mr. Rogers. Guarenteed to jerk tears from your eye ducts.

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Zama – From the director of The Headless Woman and The Holy Girl, comes this cool-looking tale of Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer in the 17th century who awaits a transfer to Buenos Aires. Man, I made that sound boring. Apologies to the de Zama family.

Coming Soon!

Hereditary
Oceans 8
Happy End
Ghost Stories
Beast

That’s it for this week my lovelies. Lots of good things for you to watch this long weekend. Check out this here link if you don’t believe me!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter August 15 – 21 “Smoky Smoke Edition!”

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If it’s August then the province must be on fire. Seems that this is the new norm now. But, hey, more pipelines! While the world burns it’s best to grab some fine home entertainment and stay inside (the weather app actually says the weather is “smoke”). We finally got most of the films mentioned in last week’s missive (sorry for the delay). Also, there’s more fabulous things for you arriving this week! Life is good, no? Note – there will not be a newsletter next week as I’m taking a week off to enjoy the great smoky outdoors.

New Releases!

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Atlanta – Excellent TV series starring the excellent Donald Glover as a dude and his buddies try to make up the ladder in the Atlanta rap scene. Up the rap ladder. Maybe that’s a better name?

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Deadpool 2– More hi-jinks starring Canada’s other favourite Ryan as the masked hero who cracks wise as he’s cracking skulls. Word has it that it’s even better than the first one (which was pretty good).

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Incident in Ghostland – From the director of Martyrs (the excellent, harrowing French film, not the crappy American remake) comes this horror number about the strange goings-ons in a house where a couple of sisters reunite 16 years after a nasty house invasion. On the shelves Thursday at Commercial, Friday at Cambie.

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Lowlife – Crazy-sounding, but with swell reviews, flick finds an addict, and ex-con and a luchador getting mixed up in the wacky world of organ harvesting. On the shelves Thursday at Commercial, Friday at Cambie.

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Meditation Park – Great new film from local film-making hero (and good friend of the store), Mina Shum, finds an aging woman questioning her life when she thinks her husband might be having an affair. If you live in Vancouver this is a must-watch. If you live elsewhere, this is a must-watch.

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Mr. Mercedes: Season 1 – David E Kelly (Big Little Lies, Ally McBeal) adapts the Stephen King novel into a TV series about a psycho who drives his Mercedes into a crowd of people and is then pursued by a tough grizzled cop. Word has it that its a quite good horror thriller dealie. On the shelves Thursday at Commercial, Friday at Cambie.

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Shock and Awe – Political drama starring Woody Harrelson that delves into the Bush and Co. (remember those turd blossoms?) run up to war as they lie to the world about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. Can some skeptical journalists uncover the truth and stop the war? Watch and find out! On the shelves Thursday at Commercial, Friday at Cambie.

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Smithereens – This classic punk film from 1982 gets the lovely Criterion treatment. On the shelves Thursday at Commercial, Friday at Cambie.

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Spinning Man – Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan and, um, Minnie Driver (who I assume has at least one piercing) star in this thriller about an amorous college professor who is a suspect when a college co-ed (do folks still say that?) goes missing.

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Westworld Season 2 – The second season of this fine sci-fi western thriller.

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Wilding – A supernatural “what’s the f*#k is happening to my body” horror-thriller. A young woman uncovers a dark secret about her traumatic childhood. What could it be? Is she a mermaid? A space alien? A relative of Donald Trump? Ahhhh! On the shelves Thursday at Commercial, Friday at Cambie.

Coming Soon!

Action Point
Black Water
Book Club
RBG
Summer of 84
Tag
Upgrade
A Fantastic Woman

That’s it for this week, folks. Stay out of the air – pro tip for you – only breathe out, never in – and come on down and rent some movies. It would help us out a lot in this slow season. Talk at you in a couple…
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Black Dog Newsletter August 8 – 14 “We’re Back, Baby! Edition!”

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So after many weeks of toil and trouble, of technical hoo-haw, we’ve finally managed to get a fresh and delicious podcast up and ready for you to feast on. Miracle Mile is film under review in the latest episode. We drink some tasty beer and throw out our thoughts on the film as well as other subjects including the plague of peacocks that are terrorizing Surrey, character actor Kirk Fuller and taking advice from a necrophiliac. I probably don’t have to mention that this episode is NSFW. https://bdad.podbean.com/

New Releases
(All titles will be arriving later this week)

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Avengers: Infinity War – This movie has all the superheroes – Iron Mans, Older Iron Man, Captain Howdy, Baby Troot, Star Tracks, Mr. Strange. Chris, Rogue, Dr. Watson, Purple Alien, Chad Something, Republican Chris, She-Hulk and the Raccoon. They all team up to fight a mean purple man. It’s a great big messy movie that I found way more enjoyable that I thought I would.

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Bad Samaritan – Black Dog fave, David Tennant, stars in this psycho thriller about some thieves who rob a house where, unbeknownst to them, a woman is being held captive. Not too sure if Dave is a thief or the psycho.

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Big Fish and Begonia – Chinese animated fare finds an other worldly 16 year-old girl being transformed into a dolphin so she can explore the human world. Well, I guess, the human world of the ocean or maybe a theme park.

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Book Club -A bunch of book club friends – Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen etc, – find their lives changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey. Ai Carumba!

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How to Talk to Girls at Parties – From the director of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus comes this comedy (based on a Neil Gaimen short story) of an alien from outer space (duh) who ends up hanging with some dudes in the underground party scene in London. All of that sounds pretty good to me.

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Summer of 84 -From the folks who brought you Turbo Kid, comes this fun-looking throw back horror thriller that finds some neighborhood kids suspecting their local policeman of being a serial killer. Sign me up for this one!

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Upgrade– Cool-looking horror sci-fi mind bender revenge film! I can get behind all of those things!

Coming Soon!

Terror Season 1
On Chesil Beach
Deadpool 2
Lowlife
Mr. Mercedes S 1
The Yellow Birds
Ghost Stories
First Reformed

And one more thing before I let you go…you still have a few days left to catch the amazing performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream down on Granville Island. It’s totally great and fun and you should go and see it! https://www.facebook.com/events/1973055933006772/

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A Midsummer Night’s Newsletter – July 31 – Aug 6 “Acting Edition!”

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So my sprog, who just turned 13, is part of Performance Work’s Teen Shakespeare production of Midsummer Night’s Dream! And it’s pretty excellent. (I’m not just saying that cause I’m the Dad). All 18 of these teenagers do a marvelous and very impressive job. The costume’s are great and the setting can’t be beat. And it’s free! (you can also shell out $6 for reserved seating – which I would recommend) If you’re looking to spend a nice evening (when you’re not watching movies of course) out of your sweltering house, I’d recommend this for sure! https://www.facebook.com/events/1973055933006772/

New Releases!

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Black Wake – Something in the water is making people turn into the zombies! You know it’s low budget straight to video when it has both Eric Roberts and Tom Sizemore in it!

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DC Comics: Death of Superman – Superman can’t die, he’s Superman! Like, what the what?

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Here and Now – Cool looking HBO show stars Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter as parents of adopted kids from around the world that, for some reason, start to see things that no one else can see. Spooky? I hope so. From Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, True Blood).

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Keeping Hours– The always amazing Carrie Coon stars in this little ghost story about a couple who kids dies but then supernatural things start a happenin’.

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Life of the Party – I like Melissa MacCarthy. She’s very funny. But she tends to do a lot of middle of the road comedies that, for some reason, are all directed by her husband. Maybe it’s time to step out and work with someone funny? This one finds her returning to college to get her degree. I hope it’s as funny as that Simpsons episode. “Lousy Dean!”

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Marrowbone – Four siblings, who share a scary secret involving their dead mom, are plagued by terrifying things in the mansion where they, for some reason, all live together. I love a good ghost story and this one gets pretty good reviews. Fingers crossed!

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No Offence – Manchester police drama from across the pond (England)! Folks love these things! I know that I do.

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Revenge – A resourceful woman takes bloody revenge on some scum-bag business men who assaulted her and left her for dead in the desert. Not for everyone, of course, but I’ve heard that it’s a very good revenge thriller.

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The Rider – Award-winning, much ballyhooed drama about a cowboy who suffers a head injury and must reinvent himself in the heartland of America. I’m sure that it’s much better than I just made it sound. Apologies to all of those involved.

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Who’s Watching Oliver? – For fans who like their horror down and dirty and nasty (hello!) comes this debauched tale of a mental patient loner who goes on a “truly shocking and humiliating killing spree” – IMDB. You have been warned.

Coming Soon!

On Chesil Beach
Lowlife
Avengers: Infinity War
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
Mr. Mercedes Season 1
The Yellow Birds
Deadpool 2
First Reformed

That’s it for this week folks. Stay hydrated! Go to the beach! Check out the play! Watch movies!

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Black Dog Newsletter July 25 – 31 “So Hot Edition!”

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I don’t need to tell you that it’s damn hot out there. It’s not end of the world hot like Iraq or Armenia or Mercury or Toronto, but it’s still damn hot. I used to love this weather but now, in my elder years, I’m just basically counting down the days until fall. For those of you who like the heat, enjoy! All the best! For me, I’ll be in the dark, air conditioned theatre biding my time.

New Releases!

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Braven – Jason Momoa (Karl Dragon on Game of Thrones) stars in this tense little action thriller about a logging fella who has to defend his family against a pile of dangerous drug running bad guys for some reason.

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Final Portrait – Geoffrey Rush is famous artist Alberto Giacometti who makes Armie Hammer (still one of my favourite names in the biz) sit still long enough to paint his portrait.

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Marcella Season 1– After her husband leaves her, a cop returns to the force to help solve a series of murders in the series of episodes from a swell looking TV show form Britain.

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Tully – Very well reviewed comedy/drama from the Oscar winning team of Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody (Juno) finds the amazing Charlize Theron as the mother of 3 – including a fresh baby – being gifted a night nanny (not too sure what that is but I like the sounds of it) from her brother to help out. Comedy hi-jinks, female bonding and life lessons galore, I presume, ensue.

Coming Soon!

Black Wake
The Terror
No Offense Season 1
The Rider
Revenge
Life of the Party
Here and Now Season 1
MCU: Death of Superman
The Keeping Hours
Marrowbone

That’s it for this week folks. We should have a new podcast episode up and running very soon as our boy, Dylan, is no longer technologically challenged and is locked in his hovel hard at work editing!

https://bdad.podbean.com/

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Black Dog Video Newsletter July 18-24 “Stink Flower Edition!”

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So after you’re finished lining up for hours to see a giant flower that smells like a garbage corpse, don’t forget to pop into the Dog to get some fine entertainment to wash out the memory of that highlight of your summer. We have lots of amazing things that don’t require line-ups or an assault on your olfactory senses. (That said I wish I had gone to see the thing)

New Releases

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Chappaquiddick – Drama about that ill fated and mysterious car ride that Ted Kennedy took back in 1969 that ended up in a swamp and a with dead passenger. What happened? Was there a cover-up? Was it the Kennedy curse? Watch and find out! (at Commercial, soon to Cambie)

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Future World – Mad Max knock off finds James Franco driving around looking for a mythical cure for his ailing mother in the wasteland that is our future.

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I Am a Hero – Strange things begin to happen to a guy when, on his way home from work, he witnesses a fatal car crash but then the victim gets up and walks away! Ai Carumba! This one looks pretty cool!

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I Feel Pretty – Amy Schumer falls down and when she awakes she believes she’s the most beautiful woman ever to walk the planet. Comedy hi-jinks and life lessons galore, I presume, ensue.

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Keeping Faith – A small-town pregnant lawyer in Wales investigates the mysterious disappearance of her husband in this fine looking British TV production.

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Like Me – Crazy, violent, fun-looking satire that follows a psychopathic young woman as she documents her killing spree on the social medias – you know, the Facebooks, the Twitters, the Depp Web (and the Deep Web), the Bamboozles, the Shimmy-Shams, the Reddits, and so forth… (at Commercial, soon to Cambie)

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Loch Ness – Another fine British TV series finds a rookie detective trying to find a killer in the famed region of wherever Loch Ness is. And no, Nessie is not a suspect.

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Ready Player One – Senior Speilbergo directs this fun actiony sci-fi thing where, in a Future where everyone is obsessed with 80’s pop culture for some reason, the world sets out to find an Easter Egg (bonus thing) in a game after it’s designer dies. Good fun romp, if not a little too long. Why can’t filmmakers just end their films instead of drawing it out? Come on, Steve!

NOTICE! – Isle of Dogs and Super Troopers 2 are both now available at all Black Dog locations!

Coming Soon!

Tully
Lean on Pete
Madame
Ismael’s Ghosts
Manifesto
Final Portrait

If you’re interested in checking out some of our (mine) favourite movies of the this and other years, check out my letterboxd page here! And also the Black Dog recommends pager here!

Here here!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter July 10 – 16 “Free Movie Just for You Edition!”

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Check out this cool looking new local film premiering at the Rio this week (Thursday the 12th). Want to go? We have some free tickets to give away! The first of you fine folks who replies to this newsletter or to our Facebook page and says, “Yes, please” to the tickets will be on the guest list (max 2 per winner). Get those fingers all limbered up. http://riotheatre.ca/movie/the-unseen/

New Releases!

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Escape Plan 2: Hades – Sly Stallone teams up with Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy to break into a fancy prison to find his friend.

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The Expanse Season 3 – This fine sci-fi show just gets better and better.

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Isle of Dogs – Another home-run stop-motion extravaganza from Wes Anderson finds a boy in search of his dog (who’s been sent to an island for bad puppies) in Japan (at Cambie right this minute and hopefully soon to Commercial).

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Rampage – The Rock has to fight a giant monkey, a giant crocodile and a giant flying penguin (or something, maybe a badger?) for some reason in this fun take on the popular video game. Is there anything the Rock can’t do?

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Sneaky Pete: Season 1 – Fine television program that finds an ex-con, on the run from a nasty piece of criminal business, assuming the identity of his former prison cell mate. I can get behind this.

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Super Troopers 2 – Don’t know much about the Super Troopers except that the hi-jinks in this comedy spills across the border into Canada. Expect many maple syrup, RCMP, beaver and nice people jokes. (at Cambie right this minute and hopefully soon to Commercial)

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Truth or Dare – Meh looking horror film about some attractive young people playing a game of truth or dare that turns deadly when someone – or something (Ahhh!) – starts bumping them off.

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The Tunnel Season 3 – Season 3 of the Tunnel. French and English cops get together to solve cross-border crimes. Good stuff.

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Unsane – Nice-looking little mind-bender from great “retired” director Steven Soderburgh finds a troubled woman (Claire Foy) being committed to a mental hospital. Are her delusions in her head or are they something more?

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You Were Never Really Here – This is probably my most anticipated film so far this year. A broken army vet, Joaquin Phoenix, with hammer in hand, takes on the nasty job of tracking down a missing girl. From fine director Lynne Ramsay.

Coming Soon!

Ready Player One
Future World
Lean on Pete
Atlanta Season 1
I Feel Pretty
Disobedience

That’s it for this week, folks. Enjoy these warm summer days. Enjoy these warm summer movies. (If you need some suggestions on what to rent, click here)

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Black Dog Newsletter July 4 – 10 “No Cars For You Edition!”

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This Sunday on the Drive it’s Car Free Day. Please don’t drive your car to Car Free Day. Also 1st Avenue between Clark and Nanaimo is closed for a while so please don’t drive on that street. Maybe just don’t drive, period. Lots of good, tasty treats for you this week!

New Releases!

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Another Wolfcop – Aahwoooo! Its another wolfcop! Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou must stop the evil plans of an evil mastermind who plans on opening up a brewery. Wait, that doesn’t sound very evil.

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Beirut – How do you like you middle eastern political thrillers? With a side of Hamm? Jon Hamm that is! Pretty good flick. Sad to see how that nice city was destroyed.

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Beyond the Hills – Excellent serious drama from Christan Mungiu, (4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days, Graduation), about two women who grew up in the same orphanage in Romania. Their relationship gets, shall we say, complicated.

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Double Lover – Fine tight little French thriller from Francois Ozon (Swimming Pool, Young and Beautiful) that finds a young woman falling for her psychoanalyst but is he who he appears to be? Maybe. Maybe not.

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Graduation – Excellent serious drama from Christan Mungiu, (4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days, Beyond the Hills) about a father and daughter living in Transylvania (yes it’s a real place). She wants to go away for school but an attack jeopardizes her future. It’s up to her dad to sort things out.

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Journey’s End – Heavy WWI war drama about some guys unraveling in a trench in France as the war draws to a close. Trench warfare is not for me, that’s for sure.

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Tag – Nutbar flick from Sion Sono (Cold Fish, Suicide Club) finds a school girl’s life descending into chaos as everyone around her keeps meeting gruesome fates. I’d like a taste of this piece of crazy candy!

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A Quiet Place – Intense quiet horror film about life in the post-apocalyptic future where monsters with great hearing will kill you if you make any kind of sound. Pretty high on my list of films to watch!

Coming Soon!

Dark Crimes
Isle of Dogs
The Expanse Season 3
Rampage
Sneaky Pete Season 1
The Tunnel Season 3
You Were Never Really Here
Escape Plan 2

That’s it for this week, my lovelies. Make the best of the nice weather during the day and pop into the stores for your nighttime summer film wants and needs.

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